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March 2015


Making the Most of Your Government Tradeshow/Conference Experience

Date/Time: 3/30/2015, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: With sponsorship and attendance at in person Government trade shows and conferences steadily declining over the last couple of years, it is even more important to make the most of your time (and money) when you attend. Some of the things we will discuss: *Determining which tradeshows would provide the biggest ROI *Actions you can take prior to the conference *Researching your potential Government targets *Ensuring your marketing message is the best it can be *Reviewing your marketing materials for the conferences

The Enterprise Management Development System (EMDS)

Date/Time: 3/31/2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Stoney Creek Inn, Sioux City
Notes: Most companies embarking on a lean journey soon become frustrated with improvement events and isolated projects that yield great short-term results but have no sustainability and no major innovation. They are searching for something more: the culture that goes beyond "just managing" continuous improvement. Success in today's world of constant change and chaos requires leadership to leverage this uncertainty. It does no good to improve your path if you need to actually change the path you're on.

April 2015


The Enterprise Management Development System (EMDS)

Date/Time: 4/1/2015 - 4/2/2015, 8:00am-4:30pm
Location: Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Notes: Limited to 30 attendees, *must also attend March 31st workshop to participate in this program. As a continuation of Day 1, this event gives participants a chance to practice strategy deployment and setting up the Daily Management Development System in the context of an actual organization's circumstances. Days 2 & 3 are hosted by Mercy Medical Center Sioux City. Participants will learn by helping Mercy Medical Center address a specific issue.

Machinery Manufacturing Innovation Summit

Date/Time: 4/2/2015, 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames, IA
Notes: Discover leading-edge technologies that can impact the machinery industry, based on industry survey results. Topics may include rapid prototyping, machine connectivity (smart machines), 3D printing, additive manufacturing, virtual simulations, robotics, etc. You’ll have an opportunity at the summit to work collaboratively with industry and ISU experts to discover new ways to leverage these technologies at your company. The goal is for you to develop a specific action plan for your business, integrating these technologies, that reduces costs, creates a competitive advantage and ultimately improves profitability.

Learn Before You Leap: Business Considerations for Government Contracting and Meet your Government Contracting Specialist

Date/Time: 4/2/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Notes: Businesses that are considering or have considered doing business in the Government sector should attend this session. We will discuss some considerations your company should make prior to pursuing Government contracting in order to be successful in this market. You will also meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that works with companies to provide a customized roadmap and path for Government contracting if you determine it is right for you. To register contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu

Clinton Community Government Contracting Part 1 of 3: Registrations and Prep and Finding Opportunities

Date/Time: 4/3/2015, 8:00am-11:30am
Location: Clinton Community College Tech Center 1951 Manufacturing Drive Clinton, IA
Notes: Attendees of part 1 of 3 will learn some of the basics to Government selling, including required registrations, preference programs and general information on the process. We will also discuss where to best locate opportunities for Government sales. Registration will be through Clinton Chamber of Commerce and will be available soon, however for more information contact Beth White whiteb@iastate.edu or http://www.clintonia.com/

Export Certificate Program by U.S. Export Assistance Center

Date/Time: 4/6/2015 - 4/8/2015, 7:30am-4:00pm
Location: Southridge Mall, DMACC Southridge Success Center (SE 14th & Army Post Road)., Des Moines, IA
Notes: Topics: Entering export markets; International finance/contracts; Export regulations/documentation/procedures Featured Speaker: Catherine Petersen - CJ Petersen & Associates, LLC, Trade Terms, Export Codes, Documentation, Procedures & Regulations *All participants will receive a signed certificate of completion from U.S. Department of Commerce

HACCP Plan Validation

Date/Time: 4/7/2015, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Cass County Center, Iowa Western Community College, 705 Walnut Street, Atlantic, IA 50022
Notes: IMPA, Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau, CIRAS, and Iowa State University Meat Science Extension will co-sponsor 5 training session addressing HACCP Plan Validation. There has been much published about this subject. The presentations will review the history of validation, expectation with specific examples of raw non—intact product temperature, beef slaughter carcass anti-microbial interventions and associated STEC E. coli testing and Fully Cooked Not shelf Stable – RTE – Validation of Cooking Procedures and Control of Listeria monocytogenes in post lethality environments. The training sessions will be based on current USDA/FSIS Regulatory Guidelines. All presentations will include and explanation of the regulatory requirements as well as industry and inspection staff responsibilities in verifying compliance of these requirements The information provided at these sessions will be beneficial to both official and custom plants and federally inspected plants. We look forward to your attendance. Pre-register by Friday, March 6, 2015. There is no charge to attend one of these sessions if you are pre-registered. Walk-in registrations will be assessed at $25.00 fee.

Iowa Vendor Conference

Date/Time: 4/7/2015, 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: FFA Enrichment Center
Notes: Are you interested in making your company more successful? Come learn more about doing business with the government sector. Attend workshops on topics such as proposal writing tips, business resources for Iowa companies, marketing/social media, market research, search engine optimization, and much more!

Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 4/8/2015 - 4/10/2015, 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Johnston - Stoney Creek
Notes: Join us and discover how to take charge of your website and make it a truly effective marketing tool!

HACCP Plan Validation

Date/Time: 4/8/2015, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Room 133, Iowa State University, Meat Laboratory, Ames, IA 50011
Notes: IMPA, Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau, CIRAS, and Iowa State University Meat Science Extension will co-sponsor 5 training session addressing HACCP Plan Validation. There has been much published about this subject. The presentations will review the history of validation, expectation with specific examples of raw non—intact product temperature, beef slaughter carcass anti-microbial interventions and associated STEC E. coli testing and Fully Cooked Not shelf Stable – RTE – Validation of Cooking Procedures and Control of Listeria monocytogenes in post lethality environments. The training sessions will be based on current USDA/FSIS Regulatory Guidelines. All presentations will include and explanation of the regulatory requirements as well as industry and inspection staff responsibilities in verifying compliance of these requirements The information provided at these sessions will be beneficial to both official and custom plants and federally inspected plants. We look forward to your attendance. Pre-register by Friday, March 6, 2015. There is no charge to attend one of these sessions if you are pre-registered. Walk-in registrations will be assessed at $25.00 fee.

Clinton Community Government Contracting Part 2 of 3: Information on what to do when you find an opportnity you are interested and what to do when you get that first contract

Date/Time: 4/10/2015, 8:00am-11:30am
Location: Clinton Community College Tech Center 1951 Manufacturing Drive Clinton, IA
Notes: Attendees will go through hands on exercises to determine steps they should take when they find opportunities they want to bid on as well as what to do when they get that first contract to make sure they are in compliance with all requirements. For more information contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu or Clinton Chamber of Commerce http://www.clintonia.com/

Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 4/13/2015 - 4/14/2015, 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Johnston - Stoney Creek
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing!

Market Research Techniques for GovCon: Hands-On Tutorial

Date/Time: 4/14/2015, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: Clinton Community College Tech Center 1951 Manufacturing Drive Clinton, IA
Notes: Attendees will learn techniques and resources available to perform marketresearch and determine their best potential Government customers, competitors and how the Government is buying their goods/services. Companies that attend will be able to use computers to do their own research for their specific products/services. Information gathered in this session will assist companies with building a robust Government marketing plan. To register contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu

Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage Short Course

Date/Time: 4/14/2015 - 4/16/2015, 8:00am-5:30pm
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: With a focus on the technology of dry and semi-dry sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Since the enrollment in this short course is limited to 60, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff. Iowa State University's modern meat laboratory facilities allow you to observe demonstrations in a setting that provides access to the latest technology.

LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 4/14/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Interpower Corporation
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Doing Business With The Government

Date/Time: 4/15/2015, 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Room 023, Looft Hall, Iowa Western Commuunity College, Council Bluffs, IA
Notes: Selling to the government is a hugely profitable market for entrepreneurs. Learn about getting started with government contracting, opportunities on federal, state and local levels; available resources; and tips to determine if selling to the government is right for you. Taught by CIRAS government contracting specialist Andy Alexander. Seating is limited to 30. Register today calling 712-325-3376.

Using Market Research to Develop a Marketing Plan for GovCon

Date/Time: 4/20/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: Ideally you would have attended one of the market research classes, or done some of your own research ahead of time, but even if you have not, this is a great workshop to take all of the information you have on your target customers and competitors and formulate a comprehensive marketing plan for Government contracting, including a variety of marketing strategies. We will discuss the importance of marketing to your Government customers and provide a variety of options to incorporate into your plan.?

Business Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 4/20/2015, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Spencer, IA
Notes: Join us and discover the latest thinking about Business Strategy, including how to plan and how to carry those ideas all the way to implementation. Designed for any organization looking to build or re-energize its business strategy and re-focus management team members on a common set of goals. Excellent for executive-level managers and/or their direct reports, as well as for any corporate divisional leaders who have profit/loss responsibility.

HACCP Short Course

Date/Time: 4/23/2015 - 4/25/2015, 1:00pm-12:00pm
Location: 1951 Food Sciences Building, Iowa State University Ames, IA
Notes: Iowa State University's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Department of Animal Science This three day Basic HACCP training is designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the HACCP system for manufacturing safe food. This is also for individuals who are starting to develop or implement HACCP plans and those who want to review the concepts and applications of HACCP or desire an updated understanding of the system. This course will be presented in a manner that will serve participants from the juice, meat, bread, fish, vegetable, and poultry industries, but the emphasis will be placed on non-meat commodity groups. This course will address food safety concerns for industries such as: canning, frozen meals, spices/bulk ingredients, cereals/pastas, fresh produce, dairy ingredients, bakery/snack foods, and food service (variance) along with an Advanced HACCP group. FDA and USDA require workers in several segments of the food industry to be trained in HACCP. This course is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance and will meet the specifications established by these federal agencies. The regulatory requirements for HACCP will be discussed in detail, including the FDA mandates for seafood (21CFR123) and juice products (21CFR120) and the USDA’s rule on pathogen reductions and HACCP (9CFR417) for meat and poultry products. The Food Safety Modernization Act will also be discussed. The Basic HACCP Training Course offered is reviewed and accredited by the HACCP Alliance as meeting the required standards for content and training for introductory HACCP. Upon successful completion of the course, the attendee will be registered with the International HACCP Alliance and recognized as completing a HACCP training program. In addition, within small working groups, the attendees will actually develop a HACCP plan and present it to the class for discussion and critique.

Clinton Community Government Contracting Part 3 of 3: Advanced Market research and marketing for Government contractors

Date/Time: 4/24/2015, 8:00am-11:30am
Location: Clinton Community College Tech Center 1951 Manufacturing Drive Clinton, IA
Notes: Attendees will learn market research techniques and how to incorporate that research into their Government marketing plans. For more information contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu or Clinton Chamber of Commerce http://www.clintonia.com/

Vorhees Supply Chain Conference

Date/Time: 4/24/2015, 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: Alumni Center, ISU Campus
Notes: The theme of this year's conference is Big Data. The conference speakers will discuss how their organizations are leveraging data from enterprise systems and other data sources to make improved business decisions. This year's speakers work at John Deere, International Paper, and Danfoss. Interact with ISU faculty, students, and fellow professionals at Iowa State University's Alumni Center. New Conference Location! This year the conference will be held at the Alumni Center located in the Iowa State Center complex between C.Y. Stephens Auditorium and Jack Trice Stadium. The Alumni Center was dedicated during Homecoming 2008, and has brought a "visual icon of alumni" to Iowa State's campus. During breaks and after the conference, we invite you to look around the Alumni Center! Venture into Cy's Lounge and find some of your favorite ISU "artifacts", go upstairs to the Mente/Boyd Lobby and flip through an old issue of The Bomb, or admire the Sticks furniture and artwork around the building. Register online by April 20, 2015 The registration fee is $150 and includes all conference materials, speaker sessions, lunch and refreshments. Parties of 5 or more will receive 10% off their total registration. All participants will receive 3 hours of continuing professional education credits. Students and faculty from outside institutions may attend at a reduced rate. It is free for Iowa State University faculty, staff and students to attend. Please see website for more details. Check online for the schedule and slate of speakers for the 2015 Voorhees Supply Chain Conference!. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, April 24, 2015!

GovCon 101 R3: Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do's

Date/Time: 4/28/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!

Handicapped Development Center Capabilities Showcase and Networking Event

Date/Time: 4/29/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: ISU Scott County Extension, 875 Tanglefoot Lane Bettendorf
Notes: An opportunity to meet with contacts at the Handicapped Development Center in Davenport and receive a brief overview of the services they are able to perform to help larger companies in the local area. To register, contact Melissa Burant, mmburant@iastate.edu.

Automation Lunch & Learn

Date/Time: 4/29/2015, 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Iowa Central Community College, East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge, IA
Notes: Anyone interested in exploring the use of automation in their manufacturing plant and how to work with system integrators should attend. You will discover the best practices when it comes to considering automation: What automation is. What the various levels of automation are and the pros/cons of each level. Typical reasons why automation projects fail. Key questions to answer for a discussion with a system integrator. Be prepared to share your experience about automation and what you have tried in your plant.

May 2015


BizTalk Mastermind Series- What is your marketing message for B2G/B2B?

Date/Time: 5/7/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This virtual discussion group meets monthly to talk about various topics that are relevant to companies in a variety of industries. It provides an opportunity for peers to share their information/best practices/challenges on specific topics, facilitated by subject matter experts from CIRAS and third parties. The discussion topics are appropriate for Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) markets.?

Pricing & Quoting for Improved Profitability

Date/Time: 5/8/2015, 9am-4pm
Location: Iowa Farm Bureau Auditorium, Iowa Farm Bureau, 5400 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA
Notes: This workshop is for managers, engineers or anyone else involved in pricing products or jobs for custom product manufacturers. If your company is not making as much money as you want, this one-day workshop is for you and your team.

Import Compliance

Date/Time: 5/19/2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Auditorium 5400 University Ave | West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Notes: (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.) Roles & Responsibilities of importer, customs broker, forwarder; Duty Drawbacks; TIBs; Carnets; Classifications; Bonds; Valuations; Assists; Documentation; Record keeping; 17-point import checklist and more Cost: $100 per person Pre-registration is required by May 4.

How to file an Electronic Export Information (EEI) using AESPcLink

Date/Time: 5/20/2015, 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Auditorium 5400 University Ave | West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Notes: (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.) AESPcLink vs. AESDirect, Review of each field, When required, Error reports, Common errors, Examples Cost: $60 per person Pre-registration is required by May 4.

Overview of Export Control Updates

Date/Time: 5/20/2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Auditorium 5400 University Ave | West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Notes: (Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.) 600/515 series, ECCN/USML categories, Definitions, Exceptions, Interactive decision tree tools, License type Cost: $60 per person Pre-registration is required by May 4.

Making the Most of Your Government Tradeshow/Conference Experience

Date/Time: 5/25/2015, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: With sponsorship and attendance at in person Government trade shows and conferences steadily declining over the last couple of years, it is even more important to make the most of your time (and money) when you attend. Some of the things we will discuss: *Determining which tradeshows would provide the biggest ROI *Actions you can take prior to the conference *Researching your potential Government targets *Ensuring your marketing message is the best it can be *Reviewing your marketing materials for the conferences

GovCon 101 R3: Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do's

Date/Time: 5/26/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!

8(a) Best Practices Group Discussion with SBA/CIRAS

Date/Time: 5/27/2015, 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th Street Urbandale, IA, Meeting Room A
Notes: This meeting will provide current and previously certified 8(a) companies in Iowa with the opportunity to share best practices, tips/recommendations and experiences for a successful 8(a) program. The event will be facilitated by SBA/CIRAS to ensure that topics such as partnering, marketing and locating opportunities are discussed. For more information contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu

Learn Before You Leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 5/28/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: ISU Louisa County Extension, 317 Van Buren, Wapello, IA
Notes: • Have you considered Government Contracting for potential sales prospects? • Are you unsure whether it is a market that you can/should expend resources for and pursue? • Have you heard differing stories on how to best do business with the Government? This workshop is perfect for the companies (small or large) that have considered selling their goods/services to the Government and either are unsure of the next steps, or are just not ready to commit to this market. We will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing some considerations, myths/facts, and recommendations for your business before you pursue the market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist, a no charge resource in your community to assist companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting.

June 2015


Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium

Date/Time: 6/3/2015 - 6/4/2015, 8:00am-1:00pm
Location: iWireless Center, Moline IL
Notes: Small businesses will have an opportunity to network at a large tradeshow, engage in educational sessions for small businesses interested in doing business with the Government, as well as meet with representatives from a variety of commands located on Rock Island Arsenal. The RIA Center of Excellence Advanced Planning and Briefing to Industry is also being held in conjunction with this event to provide forecasting of opportunities from the Amry commands at RIA. There will also be opportunities for small business matchmaking with large prime Government contractors.

LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 6/9/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: HNI Corporation
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Taking Care of Business Conference

Date/Time: 6/10/2015 - 6/12/2015, TBA
Location: Quad Cities
Notes: ABI is heading east for our 2015 Taking Care of Business Conference. Make plans now to join us along (and on!) the Mississippi River next June for the best business conference of the year!It's never too early to start planning for next year. Make a note on your schedule today to join us in the Quad Cities June 10-12, 2015 for top networking opportunities, inspiring speakers, educational breakouts and, of course, golf.

BizTalk Mastermind Series- Review the importance of a robust marketing plan

Date/Time: 6/11/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This virtual discussion group meets monthly to talk about various topics that are relevant to companies in a variety of industries. It provides an opportunity for peers to share their information/best practices/challenges on specific topics, facilitated by subject matter experts from CIRAS and third parties. The discussion topics are appropriate for Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) markets.?

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 6/23/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?

July 2015


BizTalk Mastermind Series: Are you prepared? Have you done what you need to execute your marketing plan?

Date/Time: 7/2/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This virtual discussion group meets monthly to talk about various topics that are relevant to companies in a variety of industries. It provides an opportunity for peers to share their information/best practices/challenges on specific topics, facilitated by subject matter experts from CIRAS and third parties. The discussion topics are appropriate for Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) markets.?

Partnership and Networking Event: WOSB/VOSB

Date/Time: 7/7/2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Iowa State University, Alumni Center Reiman Ballroom South, Ames, IA
Notes: These events, held on an annual basis for various industry sectors, provide an opportunity for Iowa companies to learn from one another on a variety of topics, find potential partnerships/new business opportunities, and really just build a greater network in Iowa.? To register, contact Melissa Burant, mmburant@iastate.edu.

LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 7/14/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Pella Corporation
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Topic: Problem Solving Methodology Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Velocity Scheduling System - How to Get More Jobs Done Faster

Date/Time: 7/14/2015, 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar covers EXACTLY how to get More Jobs Done Faster in a highly custom job shop or machine shop whether stand alone or within a manufacturing organization. We cover how scheduling is traditionally done, the scheduling problems most shops encounter and the mistakes most shops make when trying to schedule, and then we cover the Velocity Scheduling System approach. Nothing is held back. During the webinar you learn the full system and what to go do TOMORROW! If you have not yet read the special report, The 9 Challenges to Scheduling Your Job Shop and Why Your Schedule is Dead on Arrival, you can download that at

Learn before you leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 7/23/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Greater Burlington Partnership, RiverPark Place, 610 North 4th Street, Suite 200, Johnson Room, Burlington, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government contracting for a potential sales prospect? Are you unsure whether it is a market you can/should expend resources for and pursue? This session will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing companies with the right things to consider before they pursue this market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that is available and a resource to assist your companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, contact Beth White, whiteb@iastate.edu.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 7/28/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?

August 2015


BizTalk Mastermind Series-How to maximize your outreach to Government personnel

Date/Time: 8/13/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This virtual discussion group meets monthly to talk about various topics that are relevant to companies in a variety of industries. It provides an opportunity for peers to share their information/best practices/challenges on specific topics, facilitated by subject matter experts from CIRAS and third parties. The discussion topics are appropriate for Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) markets.?

Market Research Techniques for GovCon: Hands-On Tutorial

Date/Time: 8/18/2015, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: College Computer Lab TBD Clinton Community College Tech Center, 1951 Manufacturing Dr Clinton, IA
Notes: This class will use computers to allow you to use a variety of market research techniques, and publicly available information to really jumpstart your Government contracting marketing pursuits, and overall knowledge of your target customers. You will learn how to navigate through the available sites and how to filter and use the information you find. This is a perfect primer workshop for our "Using Market Research to Develop a Government Marketing Plan" webinar.? To register, contact Beth White, whiteb@iastate.edu.

Using Market Research to Develop Marketing Plan for GovCon

Date/Time: 8/24/2015, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: Ideally you would have attended one of the market research classes, or done some of your own research ahead of time, but even if you have not, this is a great workshop to take all of the information you have on your target customers and competitors and formulate a comprehensive marketing plan for Government contracting, including a variety of marketing strategies. We will discuss the importance of marketing to your Government customers and provide a variety of options to incorporate into your plan.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 8/25/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!

Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 8/25/2015 - 8/27/2015, 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids
Notes: Join us and discover how to take charge of your website and make it a truly effective marketing tool! Registration and information coming soon!

Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 8/31/2015 - 9/1/2015, 9:00am-9:30am
Location: Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing! Registration and information coming soon!

September 2015


LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 9/8/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Agri-Industrial
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

BizTalk Mastermind Series- Marketing for B2B and B2G using Linked In: Part I

Date/Time: 9/10/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This virtual discussion group meets monthly to talk about various topics that are relevant to companies in a variety of industries. It provides an opportunity for peers to share their information/best practices/challenges on specific topics, facilitated by subject matter experts from CIRAS and third parties. The discussion topics are appropriate for Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) markets.?

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 9/22/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?

Learn before you leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 9/24/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, 217 East Main Street Ottumwa, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government contracting for a potential sales prospect? Are you unsure whether it is a market you can/should expend resources for and pursue? This session will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing companies with the right things to consider before they pursue this market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that is available and a resource to assist your companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu.

October 2015


BizTalk Mastermind Series-Marketing for B2B and B2G using Linked In: Part II

Date/Time: 10/1/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This virtual discussion group meets monthly to talk about various topics that are relevant to companies in a variety of industries. It provides an opportunity for peers to share their information/best practices/challenges on specific topics, facilitated by subject matter experts from CIRAS and third parties. The discussion topics are appropriate for Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) markets.?

Reshoring Mini-Event: Should you be Manufacturing or Sourcing Closer to Home?

Date/Time: 10/13/2015, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Cedar Rapids
Notes: Presentation on the topic of reshoring at the Cedar Valley APICS chapter's Professional Development Meeting.

Welcome to the HACCP Workshop for Meat, Poultry and Egg Plants

Date/Time: 10/22/2015 - 10/24/2015,
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: A HACCP workshop will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory October 22-24, 2015. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 10/27/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!

November 2015


LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 11/10/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Hill Phoenix
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: • An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver’s seat • A safe place to share challenges and opportunities • Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers • A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it • A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Learn before you leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 11/19/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Eastern Central Intergovernmental Association, 7600 Commerce Park, Dubuque, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government contracting for a potential sales prospect? Are you unsure whether it is a market you can/should expend resources for and pursue? This session will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing companies with the right things to consider before they pursue this market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that is available and a resource to assist your companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting.? To register, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 11/24/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?